A powerful and effective new track from TaZzZ takes a while to grow from Jaaneman 2.0 into Teardrops 1.0. The piano, use of a female Indian vocalist, Raxstar and the subject matter… They all play on those obvious themes, and fortunately most of it works well. Rax drops a stellar verse, Rita Morar is incredible (although it would have been nice to hear more of her, variety-wise) and the star himself is solid enough. TaZzZ’s delivery is, perhaps, a touch too angry for the overall tone of “Teardrops” and I’d argue that the drums slightly overwhelm the orchestration, but that’s admittedly nit-picking. This will find an audience. (Reviewed by Jesal)
And as an added bonus, here is the Unplugged version which, for our money, works better in almost every way (even the video, perhaps). The aforementioned orchestration is suddenly brought to life with only the occasional timpani for company. Excellent stuff. Rita Morar has incredible eyebrow control, FYI.
Produced by PKCthefirst, featuring subtly effective contributions from Beatboxer Ekko himself and Rita Morar, this is predominantly an opportunity to view the alternate side of Raxstar. Sometimes it is easy to forget – whether speaking as a fan or reviewer – that the Luton MC doesn’t just deliver tracks for the ladies. That may be because Raxstar’s currently in the midst of a genuinely productive era in his career – he is practically on the cusp of featuring in one brand new video every month, whether solo for dolo or as a guest. He’s firmly in the groove, and while the next step is releasing a genuinely solid album, his star is still rising. “Never Be Enough” is almost like that recent episode of “How I Met Your Mother” – the one called “The Over-Correction” where the characters go so hard the other way, it is both crazy and productive. Thus, we find our rapper almost snarling at the microphone throughout, and it most certainly works (the polar opposite of “Cold World”). Beatboxer Ekko has overseen a great record, here, and should really be putting it on iTunes – but it’s a free download. Generous chap. (Reviewed by Jesal)
If you basically ignore the nicely shot performance video, and opt in favour of focusing solely on the song itself, “Piya” is an interesting number from a fascinating talent. Rita Morar is an artist with a God given talent (and we do not say that lightly). She’s sings equally well in different languages, but also knows how to inflect those vocals with a raw, overpowering emotion, seemingly at will – when she sings in English, yet in a Hindi style, that’s when our spine really tingles (we’re sure that Abi Sampa must be a fan). After all that, however, it must be noted that the quiet storm beauty of “Piya” needs assistance when it comes sequencing. There is a beauty in brevity, and the chorus is simply repeated too often, meaning that we can’t help feeling it is a touch overdone. It feels barbaric to simply state the chopping a minute off this song would increase our affection for it, but when all the other parts of it have functioned so admirably, it genuinely does come down to something so basic. Still, there is so much to admire here – moreso with Rita Morar than “Piya” perhaps, but it’s essential listening nonetheless. (Reviewed by Jesal)